Take Capstar (oral flea tablet for dogs), grind it up into a powder and pour it on the spots with maggots. Wait a couple minutes, rinse and repeat if there are any still in the wound. Will take many tablets to cover a calf, but will kill the maggots quickly.She is showing a little improvement. Nursing a bottle pretty good. Not been able to get her to nurse momma yet as she is so weak. Gave her antibiotics and got some maggots off. Keeping fluids in her. Time will tell.
Not sure what you mean by her history. She is a heifer out of a really good cow we had. She seems ok although she another heifer calves later than they should have. Right now seems really interested in the calf trying to get it up. Calf seemed a little stronger at last check. Haven't seen any more live maggots. Cloudy eyes concern me.Forget the cow and save the calf! If you have her on the bottle count your blessings and give her a name.
I went back and reviewed your first entry and you indicated she is a 1st calf (?) heifer.
What is the history on the mother? There may be some indication of the why of what happened.
As Kit Pharo would say, "Love your wife, forgive your children and do neither with a cow."
One reason we keep the heifers we do is because their mothers are good. Both heifers that were late were from top performing cows. Not sure why they were late. I calve them at 2 years old. These would have been breeding in the hear but a sister did ok.You may have answered my question with, "She seems ok although she and another heifer calve later than they should have."
Calving late in the calving cycle is evidence of low fertility and is an inherited trait. This does not explain why the calf was missing
other than the mother lacked the desire to seek the calf out indicating a lack of mothering instinct. Fertility is recognized as the number
one criteria for profitability in the cattle business. I would find treatment for the calves eyes and as time and situation warrant consider
selling the mother and the other late heifer. If you retain your own heifers consider selecting them from cows calving in the first
thirty days of the calving period. You will like the results in a few generations. good luck,,
That's a good ol fat heifer right there!Long way to go still.
Her breathing is raspy. Gave Zuprevo. It came storms the night she went missing. Rained off and on all weekend. She was more energetic this morning and standing. She acts more alert. Had better appetite also.That's a good ol fat heifer right there!
I'm glad ya got em going again. Looks like theres some moisture there too. Very wet.
Have you given any antibiotics?
Hows that calfs breathing?
The reason I ask, I had a couple born last year or 2 that were born in wet, drizzly weather come down with pneumonia bad. Saved one. The other was fine one day, dead the next.